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Legendary Filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis Dead at 91

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The Italian filmmaker who came to the U.S. in the 1970s, Dino De Laurentiis, has died. He was 91. The influential producer died last night in his Beverly Hills home, reports the LA Times.

"Mr. De Laurentiis’s career dated to prewar Italy, and he worked in a wide range of styles and genres," explains the NY Times. He was also noted as being a key player in the film industry to make international co-production a more common practice, after the collapse of the traditional Hollywood "studio system" in the 1950s.

De Laurentiis had four children with his first wife, Silvana, who died in 1989, and two more children with his second wife, Martha. Among his surviving grandchildren is well-known Food Network personality Giada De Laurentiis, who has often talked about her eclectic and famous family and their influence on her culinary life.